Eosinophilic Esophagitis

When you're living with heartburn that doesn't quit, the problem might not be gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) or reflux. You may have a rare allergic condition known as eosinophilic esophagitis. Our allergists deliver effective care, including testing, treatments, and support so you can get lasting relief.

What is eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)?

Your esophagus is part of your digestive system. When you swallow, food travels down the esophagus to the top part of your stomach.

Eosinophils are white blood cells that help you fight infections. A healthy esophagus has no eosinophils. With EoE, eosinophils are present in the esophagus and cause inflammation that triggers symptoms.

These symptoms include:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain
  • Heartburn

You may face a higher risk for this condition if you have food allergies, such as a soy or wheat allergy. Your risk also goes up if you have other allergic conditions, including asthma and eczema.

Eosinophilic esophagitis care at AHN: Why choose us?

Some people live with regular discomfort for years because EoE symptoms are so similar to GERD. At Allegheny Health Network (AHN), we put an end to the pain. Our complete approach to treating EoE includes getting you the right diagnosis and effective treatment.

Other highlights of our program include:

  • Highly skilled physicians: Our allergists completed additional training through fellowships. Their training allows us to deliver exceptional EoE care. And some of our doctors specialize in treating adults and others in treating children. This level of experience helps us tailor treatments to meet every patients’ needs.
  • Accurate diagnosis: We work alongside AHN digestive health doctors (gastroenterologists) to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. We coordinate the tests you need to confirm or rule out an eosinophilic esophagitis diagnosis as quickly as possible. Learn more about gastroenterology.
  • Personalized care: We determine which foods are causing your symptoms using an elimination diet. Then, we provide detailed recommendations  to